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Labour News

Richards Bay IDZ poised for investment, jobs boost

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th July 2016 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) on Monday opened its R16-million Phase 1A Customs Control Gate Complex. This was followed by a sod-turning event for the zone’s Techno Hub. 

Lafarge denies allegations of ‘union bashing’

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th July 2016 Local construction materials company Lafarge on Monday refuted claims by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) that the company was engaging in union bashing. Last week, Cosatu, together with the community and Tribal Authority of Bodibe, in the North West, marched to Lafarge’s... 

Scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education under spotlight

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd July 2016 Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference. The conference, in its tenth year, is an international gathering of academics and researchers that will be held at the Southern Sun... 

Scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education under spotlight
GATHERING FOR ACADEMIC DEBATE The Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference will be taking place for the tenth time this year

Severe rate of job losses reflects declining metals and engineering sector

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 First-quarter employment data recently released by Statistics South Africa reflected a total loss of 15 553 jobs since the beginning of 2015. This downward trend is getting cumulatively worse, with 3 550 job losses being recorded in the third quarter and 6 902 for the fourth quarter of 2015, and... 

Gelvenor Textiles sold to South African investor

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South African private equity firm Jacobs Capital has acquired Gelvenor Textiles from Courthiel Holdings, which is owned by German corporate investor Claas Daun, for an undisclosed amount. Gelvenor Textiles manufactures industrial, technical apparel, outdoor lifestyle, protective and aeronautical... 

IFC acquires 4% stake in ADvTECH

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has acquired a 2.5% equity stake in South Africa-based private education provider ADvTECH for R190-million. The investment will support ADvTECH’s expansion in sub-Saharan Africa, which is expected to lead to better educational access for at least 30 000... 

IFC acquires 4% stake in ADvTECH

Small enterprises key to unlocking local economy but stifled by policy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th July 2016 Certain policies, such as those governing wage-bargaining practices, are hampering South Africa’s economic growth, as they often exclude smaller businesses and keep the “economic pie” from growing, says International Monetary Fund deputy MD David Lipton. Speaking at a public lecture hosted by the... 

Solidarity urges unions to review Eskom salary increase demands

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th July 2016 Trade union Solidarity has called on other trade unions in the bargaining unit, including the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the National Union of Mineworkers, currently negotiating salaries with parastatal Eskom, to review their demands after the parties reached a... 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Possible change in  NDT training
NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING South Africa and many other African countries have sustainable market capacity for only one NDT industrial sector

Workers at Eskom subsidiary down tools over bonuses 

By: News24Wire      13th July 2016 About 3 000 workers at Eskom subsidiary Rotek in Germiston downed tools over performance bonuses on Wednesday. "Apparently, management is claiming that they didn't reach their target this year," said one protester, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

South Africa sheds 15 000 jobs in first three months of 2016 – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      4th July 2016 In the first quarter of 2016, the South African economy shed 15 000 jobs in all sectors, except construction and community services, according to the Quarterly Employment Survey. Employment therefore declined by 0.2% to 9.2-million people in the formal non-agricultural sector of the economy. 

Design students’ graduation aligned with Gauteng’s jewellery manufacturing ambitions

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Graduates of Germiston-based commercial jewellery design school Design@50 were honoured during a formal ceremony in May.  

Design students’ graduation aligned with Gauteng’s jewellery manufacturing ambitions
STUDENT DESIGN The Design@50 studio assists jewellery designers in attaining the required skillset to enter the industry

Focus on economic growth and jobs will follow, advises Roodt

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2016 Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt on Thursday voiced his concern over South Africa’s stumbling job creation ambitions amid an economic slump that has placed the nation on the brink of a recession. Addressing delegates at an Ekurhuleni Captains of Industry Forum morning meet, he... 

Focus on economic growth and jobs will follow, advises Roodt

Govt plans jobs summit, says Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Government and labour are set to organise a summit to discuss ways to retain and create jobs in the tough current economic climate, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. Following a meeting on Tuesday of the presidential working group on labour involving the Presidency, labour federation... 

Govt plans jobs summit, says Ramaphosa
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Zuma urges labour to work with government

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 President Jacob Zuma has praised organised labour and business for working with the government to avert a recent ratings downgrade, and said the cooperation should continue. Speaking at the opening of a meeting of the presidential labour working group in Pretoria on Tuesday, he thanked trade... 

Zuma urges labour to work with government
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Meeting of the presidential labour working group convened

By: News24Wire      20th June 2016 The presidential labour working group is meeting this week to discuss the economy and other related matters, the Presidency said on Sunday. The group comprises the president, deputy president, economic cluster ministers and the leadership of trade union organisations Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu. 

Eskom unveils new nuclear operator training programme with formal launch

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2016 National electricity utility Eskom has announced that it started training some 100 recruits as nuclear operators on May 1. This Nuclear Project 100 initiative was formally launched on Thursday by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. The training is taking place at the Koeberg nuclear power... 

Eskom unveils new nuclear operator training programme with formal launch
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

NDP important to tackle unemployment, poverty – Ramaphosa 

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2016 The Gauteng provincial government has seen that inclusive growth can only be realised if there is a partnership and collaboration between government, labour and business, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. He added that collaboration between all stakeholders had put the province... 

NDP important to tackle unemployment, poverty – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Youth unemployment should be declared a state of emergency – Makhura

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2016 Unemployment among the youth is a ticking time bomb, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Gauteng Economic Indaba, in Johannesburg, he noted that the number of young people who were unable to find or engage in productive economic activities was increasing and... 

Youth unemployment should be declared a state of emergency – Makhura
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura

South Africa must grow its small business community – economist  

By: Ilan Solomons     31st May 2016 It is impossible for South Africa to be economically successful without a much bigger, more vibrant small business community. It is an area of the economy that has huge potential to create many much-needed job opportunities, financial services provider Stanlib economist Kevin Lings told attendees... 

South Africa must grow its small business community – economist
Stanlib economist Kevin Lings discusses the importance of the small business sector to the future of the South African economy. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 31.5.2016

Innovation and creativity to typify next generation of jobs

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2016 Children currently in primary school will not be expected to master specific skills once they enter the workplace, but apply knowledge and design new systems and solutions, says consulting engineering firm Aurecon digital advisory leader Gavin Cotterill. Workers in 15 to 20 years’ time must be... 

Innovation and creativity to typify next generation of jobs
Photo by CSIR Meraka
NEXT-GENERATION WORKFORCE Workers in 15 to 20 years’ time must be taught how to be interpreters and translators between the digital world and the real world

Adcorp reports FY earnings up 17%, despite labour law changes

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2016 Despite changes made to South African labour laws in the past financial year, diversified workforce management and business process outsourcing company Adcorp saw a 17% increase in group revenues increased by 17% to R15.6-billion for the year ended February 29. The group also saw a slight... 

Adcorp reports FY earnings up 17%, despite labour law changes

Half a million construction workers could be at risk

By: News24Wire      25th May 2016 About 500 000 workers are risking their lives on construction sites that do not comply with health and safety laws, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Tuesday. As much as 40% of the industry did not comply with these laws, which translated to about 5 000 construction sites across the country. 

Half a million construction workers could be at risk
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

BCCEI calls for engagement with small struggling contractors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2016 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) on Monday urged smaller contractors unable to comply with all the provisions of the civil engineering sectors’ collective agreements under the statutory body to check if they were eligible for exemption. Five collective agreements,... 

South Africa’s economy at a crossroads, Sunter warns  

By: David Oliveira     20th May 2016 The Swiss-based International Institute of Management Development’s 2015 ‘World Competitiveness Report’ (WCR) ranked South Africa’s economy 53 out of 63, highlighting that the country’s economy remains a significant player in the global economy, said futurologist Clem Sunter during the 95-year... 

South Africa’s economy at a crossroads, Sunter warns
Futurologist Clem Sunter discusses the challenges faced by South Africa’s economy. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

South African, Indian electronics associations ink skills transfer agreement

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2016 The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) on Thursday signed an agreement with the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) to boost business opportunities and transfer skills between India and Africa. The two organisations would work together to boost... 

South African, Indian electronics associations ink skills transfer agreement

Bill to aid retrenched workers gets one step closer

By: News24Wire      19th May 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Act amendment bill is one step closer to becoming a reality after it was passed in the National Assembly on Thursday. The bill, which was introduced by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, was widely supported as a safety net for those who lose their jobs. 

Bill to aid retrenched workers gets one step closer
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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Zuma says high unemployment is part of apartheid legacy 

By: African News Agency      17th May 2016 South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday told Parliament that rampant unemployment had its roots in apartheid because the white regime denied black people education. In response to a question from Democratic Alliance (DA) finance spokesperson David Maynier, Zuma replied that joblessness was... 

Zuma says high unemployment is part of apartheid legacy
President Jacob Zuma

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Department of Public Works’ (DPW’s) Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) should be focused on delivering projects in rural areas using labour-intensive construction (LIC) methods if it is to meet its objective of providing poverty and income relief for six-million South Africans by 2019.... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

Bridging the gap between strategy and execution key for business success

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2016 It takes a coherent company to successfully and sustainably close the gap between strategy and execution in Africa, and one of the key factors in doing so is unconventional leadership, which is needed to foster the behavior required of coherent companies, according to PwC partner Jorje Camarate.... 

Bridging the gap between strategy and execution key for business success

South Africa faces retrenchment crisis – Solidarity 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th April 2016 With South Africa facing a direct “jobs bloodbath”, the peripheral consequences in the wake of the retrenchment of some 60 000 workers would be five times the impact expected, a new report by trade union Solidarity revealed on Tuesday. The current pattern and wave of retrenchments was a greater... 

South Africa faces retrenchment crisis – Solidarity
Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann

Oliphant issues final warning for non-EE compliant companies

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th April 2016 With the transformation of the top companies in the private sector significantly less advanced than in the public sector, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Monday warned companies to pull up their socks or face penalties under the Employment Equity Act. The sixteenth Commission for Employment... 

Oliphant issues final warning for non-EE compliant companies
Photo by Duane Daws
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2016 Gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which operates the Mpumalanga-based Lily mine where three miners have been trapped underground since February 4, has announced that its subsidiary MIMCO, which owns the mine, officially entered business rescue on Thursday. In a statement released on Thursday, the... 

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

Think tank calls for expert panel to study relationship between growth and transformation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2016 A domestic policy think tank called this week for the creation of a “blue ribbon commission” to study the relationship between growth and economic transformation in South Africa and to make recommendations as to how opportunities for black business could be expanded in a way that encouraged... 

Think tank calls for expert panel to study relationship between growth and transformation
CDE executive director Ann Bernstein

Metrorail granted interdict against train strike

By: Reuters     7th April 2016 An interdict has been granted to avert a train strike led by the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) from going ahead, Metrorail said on Thursday. But defective signals and cable theft resulted in delays between ten minutes and one hour on the southern and northern lines. 

Metrorail granted interdict against train strike

City of Johannesburg hopes to end strike by Friday

By: African News Agency      7th April 2016 The City of Johannesburg on Wednesday explained why the boss at its waste-management entity, Pikitup, has was not been suspended despite a litany of charges preferred against her by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu). Pikitup MD Amanda Nair, is accused of corruption by Samwu, whose members... 

City of Johannesburg hopes to end strike by Friday

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